Five-run seventh lifts Clackamas past Glencoe in tourney opener
HILLSBORO -- Clackamas' Will Curran hit a three-run, inside-the-park home run to cap a five-run seventh inning that lifted the Cavaliers to a 5-0 victory over Glencoe in Thursday's opening game of the Junior Baseball Organization Senior Federal championship tournament at Ron Tonkin Stadium.
Right-hander Jack Dorn tossed a three-hitter with three walks and three strikeouts to help send the Cavaliers into Friday's 6:30 p.m. game against Grant, a 13-1 winner over Sprague Thursday.
Ethan Secor touched off Clackamas' seventh-inning rally when he hit a high chopper off home plate and beat relief pitcher Tristan Cooper's throw to first for an infield single -- only the second hit of the game for the Cavaliers.
Secor then stole second with Ashton McClanathan at the plate, stole third with Caden Miller batting, and scored when the Glencoe catcher's throw on the second steal attempt ended up in left field.
Miller then walked, stole second, went to third on Anthony Redmond's sacrifice bunt, and scored on another throwing error by Glencoe's catcher, which also allowed Redmond to reach safely.
With two outs, Trevor Wilson singled to left and then Curren drove a pitch to the fence in straightaway center to push the Cavaliers' lead to 5-0.
Dorn retired the first two Glencoe batters in the seventh on a pop out to the pitcher and a fly out to right. He then surrendered a single to Caleb Sievers before getting Dylan Richards to bounce a grounder back to the mound for the game's final out.
GRANT 18, CLACKAMAS 6: The Generals scored three runs in each of the first three innings of Friday's second-round game, capitalizing on the inability of three Clackamas pitchers to locate the home plate umpire's strike zone consistently.
Grant had six hits, but the most significant damage came via 15 walks and six batters who reached base after being hit by a pitch in a game that was called after five innings.
The Generals put the game away in the fifth inning when they sent 10 batters to the plate and scored seven runs on two hits, four walks, and three hit batters.
Trailing 6-0, the Cavaliers scored two runs in the third on Garrett Vass' RBI-single and Ethan Secor's RBI-double.
In the fourth, Clackamas added four runs on two walks and three hits, highlighted by Conner Linn's two-run double that scored Grant Egerly and Jackson Shaw.
The loss dropped the Cavaliers into the consolation bracket to face Sunset in Saturday's 12:30 p.m. elimination game.